List of American films of 1979

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A list of American films released in 1979.

Kramer vs. Kramer won the Academy Award for Best Picture and was the highest-grossing film of 1979.


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Title Director Cast Genre/Note
10 Blake Edwards Dudley Moore, Julie Andrews, Bo Derek Comedy
1941 Steven Spielberg John Belushi, Ned Beatty, Dan Aykroyd, John Candy, Toshirō Mifune, Robert Stack, Warren Oates Comedy
Alien Ridley Scott Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto Science fiction, Horror
The Alien Encounters James T. Flocker Bonnie Henry Science fiction
All That Jazz Bob Fosse Roy Scheider, Jessica Lange, Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen Drama, Musical
An Almost Perfect Affair Michael Ritchie Monica Vitti, Keith Carradine Romance, Drama
Americathon Neal Israel John Ritter, Harvey Korman, Fred Willard Comedy
The Amityville Horror Stuart Rosenberg James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger Horror
...And Justice for All Norman Jewison Al Pacino, John Forsythe, Christine Lahti, Jack Warden Drama, Comedy
Angels' Brigade Greydon Clark Sylvia Anderson, Peter Lawford, Jim Backus Action
Apocalypse Now Francis Ford Coppola Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Dennis Hopper Drama, War
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again Vincent McEveety Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Tim Matheson Family
Ashanti Richard Fleischer Michael Caine, Peter Ustinov, Beverly Johnson Adventure
Avalanche Express Mark Robson Lee Marvin, Robert Shaw, Joe Namath Thriller, Action

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
Baby Snakes Frank Zappa Frank Zappa, Dale Bozzio Concert, Comedy
Being There Hal Ashby Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Richard Basehart, Richard A. Dysart, Jack Warden Comedy Based on Jerzy Kosinski novel; Oscar for Douglas
The Bell Jar Larry Peerce Marilyn Hassett, Julie Harris, Jameson Parker Drama
Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens Russ Meyer Ken Kerr, Kitten Natividad, Uschi Digard Comedy
Best Boy Ira Wohl Philip Wohl, Zero Mostel Documentary Oscar Best Documentary
Beyond the Poseidon Adventure Irwin Allen Michael Caine, Sally Field, Telly Savalas Action The Poseidon Adventure sequel
Birth of The Beatles Richard Marquand Stephen MacKenna, Rod Culbertson Biography
The Black Hole Gary Nelson Ernest Borgnine, Anthony Perkins, Yvette Mimieux Science fiction Disney
The Black Stallion Carroll Ballard Teri Garr, Mickey Rooney, Kelly Reno, Hoyt Axton Family 2 Oscar nominations
Bloodline Terence Young Audrey Hepburn, Ben Gazzara, James Mason Drama from Sidney Sheldon novel
Boardwalk Stephen Verona Ruth Gordon, Lee Strasberg, Janet Leigh Drama
Breaking Away Peter Yates Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley, Paul Dooley, Barbara Barrie Drama, Comedy 5 Oscar nominations; Golden Globe for Best Musical or Comedy
The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie Phil Monroe, Chuck Jones Voices of Mel Blanc Animated
Butch and Sundance: The Early Days Richard Lester Tom Berenger, William Katt Western prequel
C.H.O.M.P.S. Don Chaffey Wesley Eure, Valerie Bertinelli Family
California Dreaming John D. Hancock Glynnis O'Connor, Dennis Christopher, Seymour Cassel Drama
Caligula Tinto Brass Malcolm McDowell, John Gielgud, Peter O'Toole Historical
The Champ Franco Zeffirelli Jon Voight, Rick Schroder, Faye Dunaway Drama Remake of 1931 film
Chapter Two Robert Moore James Caan, Marsha Mason, Joseph Bologna Comedy, Drama Based on Neil Simon play
Cheerleaders' Wild Weekend Jeff Werner Kristine DeBell Action
The Children of Sanchez Hall Bartlett Anthony Quinn, Dolores del Río, Katy Jurado Drama from Oscar Lewis book, Del Río's last film.
The China Syndrome James Bridges Jane Fonda, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas Thriller 4 Academy Award nominations
The Concorde ... Airport '79 David Lowell Rich George Kennedy, Alain Delon, Charo Drama, Thriller third sequel to Airport
Cuba Richard Lester Sean Connery, Brooke Adams, Chris Sarandon Drama
The Disco Godfather J. Robert Wagoner Rudy Ray Moore, Carol Speed Action, Comedy
Dracula John Badham Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier Horror based on Bram Stoker novel
Dreamer Noel Nosseck Tim Matheson, Jack Warden, Susan Blakely Drama
The Driller Killer Abel Ferrara Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz Horror
The Electric Horseman Sydney Pollack Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, Willie Nelson Romantic comedy with 5 songs by Nelson
Escape from Alcatraz Don Siegel Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Fred Ward Drama
The Europeans James Ivory Lee Remick, Lisa Eichhorn Drama Based on Henry James novel
Fast Break Jack Smight Gabe Kaplan, Harold Sylvester Comedy
The Fifth Floor Howard Avedis Sharon Farrell, Bo Hopkins Horror
The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Gilbert Moses Jonathan Winters, Julius Erving, Flip Wilson Comedy, Sports
Five Days from Home George Peppard Sherry Boucher, Neville Brand, Victor Campos Drama
A Force of One Paul Aaron Chuck Norris, Jennifer O'Neill, Clu Gulager Action
French Postcards Willard Huyck Miles Chapin, Blanche Baker Comedy drama
The Frisco Kid Robert Aldrich Gene Wilder, Harrison Ford Western, Comedy
Gal Young 'Un Victor Nunez Dana Preu, David Peck Drama
The Glove Ross Hagen John Saxon, Joanna Cassidy, Roosevelt Grier Action
Going in Style Martin Brest George Burns, Art Carney, Lee Strasberg Comedy, Drama
Goldengirl Joseph Sargent Susan Anton, Leslie Caron, James Coburn Drama
The Great Santini Lewis Carlino Robert Duvall, Blythe Danner, Michael O'Keefe Drama Based on Pat Conroy novel

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
Hair Miloš Forman Treat Williams, Beverly D'Angelo, John Savage Musical Based on Broadway show
Hanover Street Peter Hyams Harrison Ford, Lesley-Anne Down, Christopher Plummer Drama
Hardcore Paul Schrader George C. Scott, Season Hubley, Peter Boyle Drama
Head Over Heels Joan Micklin Silver Mary Beth Hurt, John Heard Drama based on Ann Beattie novel
Heartland Richard Pearce Conchata Ferrell, Rip Torn Drama
Hot Stuff Dom DeLuise Dom DeLuise, Suzanne Pleshette, Jerry Reed Comedy
Hurricane Jan Troell Mia Farrow, Jason Robards, Max von Sydow Adventure
The In-Laws Arthur Hiller Peter Falk, Alan Arkin Comedy remade in 2003
The Jerk Carl Reiner Steve Martin, Bernadette Peters Comedy Martin's first film starring role
Jesus Peter Sykes, John Krish Brian Deacon, Eli Cohen Drama, Family
Just You and Me, Kid Leonard B. Stern George Burns, Brooke Shields Comedy
Kramer vs. Kramer Robert Benton Dustin Hoffman, Justin Henry, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, JoBeth Williams, Howard Duff Drama won 5 Oscars; based on a novel by Avery Corman
Last Embrace Jonathan Demme Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin Suspense
A Little Romance George Roy Hill Laurence Olivier, Sally Kellerman, Diane Lane Comedy Lane's first film
Lost and Found Melvin Frank Glenda Jackson, George Segal Comedy
Love At First Bite Stan Dragoti George Hamilton, Susan Saint James Comedy spoof of Dracula
The Main Event Howard Zieff Barbra Streisand, Ryan O'Neal Comedy
Manhattan Woody Allen Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep Comedy, Drama 2 Oscar nominations
Meteor Ronald Neame Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Karl Malden Science fiction
More American Graffiti Bill L. Norton Ron Howard, Candy Clark, Paul LeMat Comedy, Drama American Graffiti sequel
Mr. Mike's Mondo Video Michael O'Donoghue Dan Aykroyd, Jane Curtin, Teri Garr Comedy
The Muppet Movie James Frawley James Coburn, Mel Brooks, Orson Welles Comedy, Family

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square Ralph Thomas David Niven, Elke Sommer Comedy
Nightwing Arthur Hiller Nick Mancuso, David Warner, Kathryn Harrold Horror
Norma Rae Martin Ritt Sally Field, Ron Leibman, Beau Bridges Drama Best Actress Oscar
The North Avenue Irregulars Bruce Bilson Edward Herrmann, Cloris Leachman Comedy, Family
North Dallas Forty Ted Kotcheff Nick Nolte, Mac Davis, G. D. Spradlin, Charles Durning Drama, Sports Based on Peter Gent novel
The Onion Field Harold Becker James Woods, John Savage, Ted Danson Crime drama Based on Joseph Wambaugh book
Over the Edge Jonathan Kaplan Matt Dillon, Vincent Spano Drama
Parts: The Clonus Horror Robert S. Fiveson Peter Graves, Keenan Wynn Science fiction
Penitentiary Jamaa Fanaka Leon Issac Kennedy, Badja Djola Drama, Action
A Perfect Couple Robert Altman Paul Dooley, Marta Heflin, Henry Gibson Comedy
Phantasm Don Coscarelli Reggie Bannister, Angus Scrimm Horror
The Prisoner of Zenda Richard Quine Peter Sellers, Elke Sommer, Lionel Jeffries Comedy Based on Anthony Hope novel
The Prize Fighter Michael Preece Don Knotts, Tim Conway Comedy
The Promise Gilbert Cates Kathleen Quinlan, Stephen Collins Drama
Prophecy John Frankenheimer Robert Foxworth, Talia Shire, Armand Assante Horror
The Punk Rock Movie Don Letts John Lydon, Joe Strummer, Siouxsie Sioux Documentary
Quintet Robert Altman Paul Newman, Fernando Rey Drama
Real Life Albert Brooks Albert Brooks, Charles Grodin Comedy spoof of An American Family
Rich Kids Robert M. Young Trini Alvarado, Jeremy Levy, John Lithgow Comedy
Richard Pryor: Live in Concert Jeff Margolis Richard Pryor Comedy, Concert
Rock 'n' Roll High School Allan Arkush P. J. Soles, Mary Woronov, Ramones Comedy
Rocky II Sylvester Stallone Sylvester Stallone, Carl Weathers, Talia Shire, Burgess Meredith, Burt Young Drama, Sports Sequel to Oscar-winning Rocky
Roller Boogie Mark L. Lester Linda Blair, Jim Bray, Beverly Garland, Mark Goddard Drama, Romance
The Rose Mark Rydell Bette Midler, Alan Bates, Frederic Forrest Drama 4 Oscar nominations
Saint Jack Peter Bogdanovich Ben Gazzara, Denholm Elliott Drama
Scavenger Hunt Michael Schultz Cloris Leachman, Cleavon Little, Tony Randall Comedy also stars Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Seduction of Joe Tynan Jerry Schatzberg Alan Alda, Meryl Streep, Rip Torn Drama written by Alda
Skatetown, U.S.A. William A. Levey Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Patrick Swayze Comedy
Star Trek: The Motion Picture Robert Wise William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Persis Khambatta, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei Science fiction First film based on TV series
Starting Over Alan J. Pakula Burt Reynolds, Jill Clayburgh, Candice Bergen Comedy 2 Oscar nominations
Sunburn Richard C. Sarafian Farrah Fawcett, Art Carney, Charles Grodin Action, Comedy

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Title Director Cast Genre Note
Take Down Kieth Merrill Edward Herrmann, Kathleen Lloyd Drama
Tilt Rudy Durand Brooke Shields, Charles Durning Drama
Time After Time Nicholas Meyer Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen Drama, Science fiction won 3 Saturn Awards
Tourist Trap David Schmoeller Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Tanya Roberts Horror
The Villain Hal Needham Kirk Douglas, Ann-Margret, Arnold Schwarzenegger Comedy
The Visitor Giulio Paradisi Glenn Ford, Shelley Winters, Steve Somers Horror Italy/U.S.
Wanda Nevada Peter Fonda Peter Fonda, Brooke Shields Western
The Wanderers Philip Kaufman Ken Wahl, Karen Allen, Val Avery Drama based on Richard Price novel
The War at Home Glenn Silber Dwight D. Eisenhower, Allen Ginsberg Documentary
The Warriors Walter Hill James Remar, Michael Beck, David Patrick Kelly Action based on Sol Yurick novel
When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder? Milton Katselas Marjoe Gortner, Candy Clark Drama Based on Mark Medoff play
When a Stranger Calls Fred Walton Carol Kane, Charles Durning Thriller
Winter Kills William Richert Jeff Bridges, Anthony Perkins, Sterling Hayden Drama Based on Richard Condon novel
Wise Blood John Huston Brad Dourif, John Huston, Ned Beatty Drama Based on Flannery O'Connor novel
Wolfman Worth Keeter, Earl Owensby Earl Owensby, Ed Grady Horror
Yanks John Schlesinger Richard Gere, Vanessa Redgrave, Lisa Eichhorn Drama, War

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